Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus, the FIFA Council office has decided that the general football rules that normally require clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply to the upcoming international windows in March / April.
The situation is developing rapidly around the world and various international travel restrictions have already been imposed by various authorities.
FIFA believes that running the games under the current circumstances may not only pose potential health risks to players (and the general public) but is also likely to compromise the sporting integrity of such games if certain teams are robbed of their best Squads while others may not.
To avoid unnecessary health risks and situations of potential sports injustices, we, therefore, recommend postponing all international games that were previously scheduled to take place in March and April until they can take place in a safe environment for players and the general public. The final decision on this topic for friendlies lies with the respective competition organizers or the respective member association.
The qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in Asia and South America have already been postponed after consultation between FIFA and the confederations concerned.
In consultation with the confederations and the relevant stakeholders, FIFA will review the options for rescheduling games and is confident that with goodwill and flexibility from all sides suitable solutions will be found so that the games can take place in due time with minimal disruption.
We work closely with the relevant national and international health authorities (especially the World Health Organization) and consider this measure and recommendation to be the most appropriate and appropriate responsible step in the current circumstances, taking into account the technical advice we have received on this matter.